My rating 25 stars Just
Now I Set Down This I set down this and my surroundings confuse me I m at home but wasn t I just in Jamaica In the late 1800 s This book is lorious and I felt like I was in a dream all the days I read it When I showered I thought about the perfumed water the characters poured and washed with before bed I imagined what it would be like to only have a mule as transportation Often I stopped reading in order to oogle images of Jamaica in the 1890 s I want to visit The richness of this novel reminds me of ATONEMENT The organic nature of the novel feels like a Woody Allen film Everyone should read this novel I should have liked this I know a lot of people who do And in terms of storycontent it s an important book complexly addressing race and ender in Jamaica at the turn of the centuryMy complaints are purely aesthetic what I couldn t Commentaries and Cases on the Law of Business Organization, 2009-2010 Statutory Supplement get past was the writing So in other words my issues with the novel are about as subjective as they couldet But for what it s worth Powell s prose is just too heavy on the description for me to the point that I sometimes felt like I was in adjective hell And there s a lot of alliteration which I m never really into particularly in prose Sentences like He looked out into the lamplit silence willing his racing heart to uieten willing his shaking and wet hands to be still the roar in his head to cease A trembling hand reached up to tug at the puffy brush of mustache
push a way that had fallen on his forehead now damp and warm Justtoo much and it doesn t let up a bit suffocating to read I am in love with this book I honestly don t know how to review it without spoiling itIt was amazing Read it if you are interrested in Caribbean literature and historythe themes of homosexuality and Stygiophilia gender I liked the way in which the author Patricia Powell used descriptive language in the writing of this story The fascinating subject of a Chinese emigrant to Jamaica avoids the surfeit of violence in some recent Jamaican literature This tale begins near the turn of the twentieth century Airl escapes her fate as the settlement of her family s debt marriage to the disabled aged man who made the loan Only carrying from home the memories of her father s stories and yearnings about travel she draws upon his fantasies escaping the man s house and stowing away on a ship holding a cargo of indentured and bound humans The conseuent sea voyage with Cecil the captain puts her in a second situation in which she lacks agency to follow her dreams and be herself While he arranges to protect Lowe real and be herself While he arranges to protect Lowe real Lau A Yin on the ship and in Jamaica her pasted mustache and her disguise as a male shopkeeper with a wife sap her of emotional responsiveness to other characters After Lowe suffers the loss of Cecil the shop and Miss Sylvie a period of healing can begin eventuating in a authentic character who finds interest in other characters lives reciprocates love ends injustice and transmits memories of Chinese culture to the next enerations The Pagoda is another novel about the complex racial composition of Jamaica the main story begins in 1893 and deals with the condition of the Chinese immigrants who were imported to replace the former slaves after Emancipation The protagonist Mr Lowe has been a shopkeeper for some thirty years when his shop is burned down one night apparently out of anti Chinese hatred The novel alternate Lowe Chin is a Chinese immigrant living in 1890s Jamaica He. Mr Lowe lives the simple and happy life of a shopkeeper A Chinese immigrant to Jamaica in the 1890s Lowe revels in the lush beauty of his adoptive land But the past confronts Lowe in everything he does and so his history reveals itself the.
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LONG AND NOT VERY DEEPDIVERSITYTHE ONLYand not very deepDiversityThe only people in the book is a man named Cecil who is terrible and is not very deepDiversityThe only white people in the book is a man named Cecil who is terrible and is by the first time the author meets him The rest of the people in the book are either Chinese black or Indian There is a character that may be labeled transgender by today s terminology but it s never explicitly stated or even really hinted at and they re of a crossdresser really There is one disabled character Dulcie who has a bad leg and drags it behind her She s of a background character and isn t too involved with the events of the book The diversity in The Pagoda is much better than your average book but it could also be betterOverallI m torn on my thoughts with regards to this book On one hand I liked it so much that I finished it within the span of twenty four hours It has a reat premise that sounded very promising On the other hand it wasn t handled as well as I wished it could have been In the hands of someone who has a better Misconduct (Birmingham Rebels, grasp onender politics The Pagoda could have really been a noticeable book Ignoring how the Hollywood Education gender stuff was handled there are other themes within the book that make it worthwhile I m happy the book was in a majority non white setting but racial dynamics could have also been explored a little I enjoyed the book but it could have been betterview spoilerI am using Lowe s male name as to not spoil anything and hehim pronouns because even at the end of the book though he signs his letter with his actual name he still uses the same pronouns throughout the entire story including the very end hide spoiler Patricia Powell s novel was unlike anything I ve ever read before in thereatest sense to others it may be difficult to Steps Through the Mist get through because there is no one definitive conflict driving the novel It s this almost mystical mix of identity andender and cultural confusion The underlying tension pulses throughout the novel forcing you to keep on reading It s a modern novel set during the turn of the nineteenth century dealing with very modern issues definitely recommend for anyone looking for something different to read Highly recommend some basic research into Jamaican culture and history to better understand the story The Pagoda started off too slow for me but with some determination half way into it the story began to flow and pick up interest This novel explores Jamaica in the post emancipation era which led me to research what indentured servitude looked like for recruited ChineseIndians It also explores race The Missing Brides (Missing, gender and sexuality which today remains a complicated topic in JamaicaLowe can be very perplexing and at times I pitied him and at other times I could not stand his vileness I think what made this story hard for most people to read is the fact that we literally live in Lowe s mind pretty much the whole story He s a man of few words so as you can imagine there wasn t much dialogue between him and others characters unless it was absolutely necessary Silence trauma se A solid 35 stars ONLY BECAUSE the writing was hard toet into and I was seriously considering just dropping the book 25 for the writing but after etting past the first few chapters and upon finishing the book I was completely blown away at the art that Patricia Powell had crafted The plot the ways in which Powell had woven in race relations classism and ender performativity so perfectly into Mr Lowe s character truly blew my mind 45 for the plot. Ationship is complex vivid erotic and full of secrets Sylvie is a light skinned black woman who in the course of their three decades together ives up three dark skinned children for adoption But Lowe's secret is much startling and remarkab. Lives amongst the hostile Jamaicans with his light skinned wife and a large secret A secret he s been agonizing over telling his daughter about He wishes to tell her he s been agonizing over telling his daughter about He wishes to tell her his life in China why he had to flee daughter about He wishes to tell her his life in China why he had to flee happened on his passage across the sea an unexpected pregnancy a secret identity and his sham marriage to an octoroon The story begins with the burning of a bad old life and the rebuilding of a better new one PlotThe plot once I knew what the book was oing to be about spoilers and all is what initially drew me in The diversity in the book helped with that though The overall plot is about a Chinese man living in Jamaica who has a dream to start up a school for Chinese immigrants to continue to learn and teach about their culture Along the way he is forced to look at himself and his life This is of a slice of lifecontemporary book than anything The plot isn t particularly strong as it deals with the characters The driving force in the book are the people in the books not the plot itself WritingThe writing was a little too wordy for my tastes It was easy to understand and made for beautiful lines and Drittes Reich und Zweiter Weltkrieg great descriptions don tet me wrong but it was just too much for me I m the type of reader that appreciates a well described setting or character but it s where too much of a Locas good thing comes in When things are over described all the time it takes away from things that need to be written like that The Pagoda is like this right off the bat and it might be a little overwhelming for some readers CharactersLowe Chin was one of the most real and complex characters that I have ever had the fortune of knowing He s this character who was much closed off and mostly in his head in the beginning And as the story rolled on and things happened to him he became and unraveled and open Lowe had strengths and veryreat weaknesses that weren t overcome at the drop of a hat A lot of his problems were mental and he had to spend time mentally working through themOn the other side of the coin Lowe was a frustrating character He was very hypocritical at times and never acknowledged it He could also be uite selfish and nothing was done about that either Much like my overall feelings of the book I was torn in two directions about my feelings towards Lowe as a character I think he s a ood character who developed nicely but I wish the text would have acknowledged his flaws All of the other characters were just there to either push Lowe into doing something or creating challenge and discord in his life They were props than anything else Things I LikedI particularly liked how The Pagoda and Powell didn t shy away from the dynamics of colorism amongst black people The light skinned white passing woman knew that she was better received than the darker skinned Jamaicans and she used this knowledge to her advantage As the book was following the life of the Chinese immigrant not much is actually seen about this but it is noted and talked about than once I very much appreciate what the story was trying to show I don t think it was done all that well or dug deep as it could have but I think it was a #GREAT IDEA NONETHELESS THINGS I DIDN T LIKETHE GENDER # idea nonetheless Things I Didn t LikeThe ender oing on in this book weren t as explored as I had wished it would be I was eared up for a book that dug deep into how Forbidden Mate (Holland Brothers, gender relations were in turn of the century Jamaica There was actually very little of that I can think of a small few instances where somethingender rela. Tale of his exile from China his shipboard adventures an unwanted pregnancy and the arrangement that was made to avoid scandal The arrangement places Lowe in a marriage of convenience with a mysterious widow Miss SylvieLowe and Sylvie's rel.